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Judged by your contemporaries
Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year is judged by your business peers, who understand the challenges you face because they have faced them too. By entering you join an influential business network where you will make new contacts and build new relationships.

Lord Browne of Madingley Lord Browne of Madingley

Lord Browne joined BP in 1966, joining the board in 1991. He was appointed Group Chief Executive in 1995 holding that position until May 2007. He is currently a Partner and Managing Partner of Riverstone Holdings LLC; a Fellow and former President of the Royal Academy of Engineering, a Fellow of the Royal Society and a foreign member of the US Academy of Arts and Sciences. He was appointed a Trustee of the Tate Gallery in 2007 and Chairman of the Trustees in 2009. He was appointed the UK Government's Lead Non Executive Board member in 2010. He is also Chairman of the Trustees of the Queen Elizabeth II Prize for Engineering and the International Advisory Board of the Blavatnik School Government at Oxford University and a member of various other trusts and boards. He chaired the Independent Review of Higher Education Funding and Student Finance (the Browne Review, 2010).
Damon Buffini Damon Buffini, Co-founder, Social Business Trust

Damon is a founding partner of Permira where he was Chairman and Managing Partner from 1997-2010. Under his leadership Permira's funds under management grew from €1.9bn to over €20bn and the firm's number of offices rose from 4 to 12. Over the same period Permira helped grow and build numerous successful businesses across Europe including: Travelodge, Jet Aviation, Inmarsat and Homebase. Over the past 10 years Permira has returned more than €10bn of realised profit to its investors. Today, Permira's portfolio is comprised of 23 companies including New Look, Birds Eye Iglo and Hugo Boss. Damon currently represents Permira funds on the board of NDS and Hugo Boss. Damon is a co-founder of Breakthrough and Social Business Trust.
Sherry Coutu Sherry Coutu, Angel Investor

Sherry is a former CEO and angel investor who now serves on the boards of companies, charities and universities. She chairs Artfinder and is a Non Executive member of Cambridge University, Cambridge Assessment, Cambridge University Press and NESTA Investments. She also serves on the Advisory Board of Linkedin.com, Care.com and Tyze.com. As an entrepreneur, Sherry was founder of two businesses in the financial services industry. The first has operations in more than 70 countries. For the second she was responsible for the first e-commerce transaction in the financial services industry. She floated the company in 2000 (on London and NASDAQ) and was valued at more than $1bn before being acquired. Philanthropically, she helped found the Prince's Trust Technology Leadership Group, is a member of the venture board of Cancer Research UK and serves on the Harvard Business School European Advisory Council.
Caroline Hempstead Caroline Hempstead, VP Global Corporate Affairs, AstraZeneca PLC

Caroline joined AstraZeneca in 2007. Her role includes managing the company reputation in the eyes of shareholders, government, NGOs, media and other external and internal stakeholders around the world. In addition to her functional role, Caroline sits on the global commercial leadership team, the responsible business governance group and she leads the digital governance group. Caroline moved into the pharmaceutical industry following 10 years in the oil industry at Royal Dutch Shell PLC where she led the external affairs team managing the reputation of Shell's downstream businesses in over 100 countries. Prior to joining Shell, Caroline held corporate affairs roles at Inchcape PLC, the London Stock Exchange and Harrods Ltd. Caroline sits on the board of UK charity, Career Academies UK.
Steve Ingham Steve Ingham, Chief Executive, Michael Page International

Steve joined Michael Page in 1987 as a consultant for Michael Page marketing and sales. He was responsible for setting up the London marketing and sales business and was promoted to Operating Director in 1990. He was appointed Managing Director of Michael Page marketing and sales in 1994. Subsequently, he took additional responsibility for Michael Page's retail, technology, human resources and engineering businesses. In January 2001 he was promoted to the Board as Executive Director of UK Operations, and subsequently to Managing Director of UK Operations in May 2005. He was appointed Chief Executive in April 2006. Michael Page is an executive recruitment business with 5,400 staff in 34 countries and is a FTSE 200 company. Steve is also a member of the Great Ormond Street Hospital's Corporate Partnership Board.
Lord Gulam Noon Lord Gulam Noon, MBE, Non Executive Chairman, Noon Products Plc

Lord Noon is a British businessman originally from India. He is the Non Executive Chairman of Noon Products (now a Member of Kerry Foods Ltd) which he founded in 1989 and until 2003 was also its Managing Director. After establishing several successful businesses in India, which he still operates, he settled in London in 1973 to set up Bombay Halwa Ltd (Royal Sweets) in Southall. The company, of which Lord Noon is Chairman and Managing Director, specialises in Indian sweets, snack foods and aviation catering. Lord Noon is a Trustee on the Board of several prominent charities. He also served on the Board of Transport for London as well as the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry and was its President for a two-year term. He is a Director on the Board of numerous companies and Government bodies.
Anthony Preston Anthony Preston, Founder, Pets at Home Limited

Anthony started his career with 3i where he spent four years before leaving in 1982 to join his family cash and carry business. Following this, in 1991 he formed Pets at Home Limited, suppliers of pet food, toys and accessories, and opened his first store in Chester. In 2004 Anthony moved into a Non Executive role at Pets at Home Limited. In 2010 Pets at Home was acquired by a private equity house in a deal worth £955mn. There are now over 270 stores in the UK. Entrepreneur Of The Year North retail winner 2001.
George Polk George Polk, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, The Catalyst Project

George is a serial entrepreneur. In 2007 he stepped down as Chief Executive Officer of The Cloud Networks, to enable him to focus on climate change. Since 2007, George has founded the European Climate Foundation, where he also served as Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Executive Committee. He also founded Project Catalyst, a major initiative related to the negotiations for a global climate deal in Copenhagen in December 2009. George has served as an advisor to major foundations including the ClimateWorks Foundation and as a senior advisor to McKinsey & Company. He is currently working closely with a major global investor building a strategy to deploy $1bn in investment capital in ways which accelerate the development and diffusion of climate change technologies and business models and speed the transition to the low carbon economy.
Joseph Schull Joseph Schull, Managing Director, Warburg Pincus

Joseph joined the company in 1998 and has been responsible for the firm's technology, media and telecommunications investments in Europe as well as its investment activities in emerging Europe. During 2010, he was made responsible for the firm's European operations. Joseph has been involved in their investments in broadcasting, telecommunications, cable television, information services, internet, education and pharmaceuticals. He is currently a director of Ziggo, the leading cable television operator in the Netherlands, and Mach, a leading global provider of interconnectivity, interoperability and settlement services for mobile network operators based in Luxembourg. He is a member of the Advisory Council of venture philanthropy organisation — Impetus Trust; and also a member of the International Board of Directors of NESsT.
Matthew Riley Matthew Riley, Chief Executive Officer, Daisy Group Plc

Matt is a highly successful, serial entrepreneur and the Chief Executive Officer of leading business communications provider Daisy Group. He successfully built and sold three start-up companies before establishing Daisy, a business founded with the intention of providing an alternative to the larger telecom providers who were often found to be under-serving their business customers. Since its inception in 2001, Daisy has grown to be a circa £400mn turnover business and now provides an extensive portfolio of unified communications and technology solutions to more than 75,000 business customers across the UK. For the last two years Matt has featured as an advisor to Lord Alan Sugar in the BBC's Apprentice. Entrepreneur Of The Year UK Young entrepreneur 2007.
Eddie Hawthorne Eddie Hawthorne, Group Managing Director, Arnold Clark Automobiles Ltd

Eddie qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1989. He joined Arnold Clark Automobiles in 1990 as Group Financial Controller, where he worked closely with Sir Arnold on managing the company's acquisitions during the 1990s. In 1998 he was appointed Group Managing Director; since then, he has overseen the continued expansion of the Group. With Eddie at the helm the Arnold Clark Group has expanded into the North West of England and the Midlands. One of the key strategic developments was the launch of the flagship store in Stafford in 2008 — the four acre site stocks over 1,000 cars and houses the world's first RFID system to locate and track onsite vehicles. A continued emphasis on staff training and development has also been evident with the £10mn re-launch of the company's training facility GTG Training in Glasgow.
Sophi Tranchell Sophi Tranchell, Managing Director, Divine Chocolate Ltd

Sophi is Managing Director of Divine Chocolate Ltd, the innovative fairtrade company co-owned by cocoa farmers. As well as growing a popular chocolate brand, for 13 years she has campaigned energetically for the terms of trade for smallscale producers to change, and promoted more socially responsible business models. Sophi is an elected director and co-chair of Social Enterprise London and, as Chair of the Fairtrade London steering committee, she successfully led the campaign to 'Make London a Fairtrade City'. In the New Year's Honours List 2008/09 Sophi was made an MBE for services to the food industry, and is on the London Food Board led by Rosie Boycott. Entrepreneur Of The Year UK Social enterprise winner 2010.

UK Judges for 2012


Lord Browne of Madingley Lord Browne of Madingley
 
Damon Buffini Damon Buffini, Co-founder, Social Business Trust
 
Sherry Coutu Sherry Coutu, Angel Investor
 
Eddie Hawthorne Eddie Hawthorne, Group Managing Director, Arnold Clark Automobiles Ltd
 
Caroline Hempstead Caroline Hempstead, VP Global Corporate Affairs, AstraZeneca PLC
 
Steve Ingham Steve Ingham, Chief Executive, Michael Page International
 
Matthew Riley Matthew Riley, Chief Executive Officer, Daisy Group Plc
 
Lord Gulam Noon Lord Gulam Noon, MBE, Non Executive Chairman, Noon Products Plc
 
Anthony Preston Anthony Preston, Founder, Pets at Home Limited
 
George Polk George Polk, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, The Catalyst Project
 
Joseph Schull Joseph Schull, Managing Director, Warburg Pincus
 
Sophi Tranchell Sophi Tranchell, Managing Director, Divine Chocolate Ltd

A time to reflect
The judges receptions are an occasion where you can talk openly about your business with the country's top business leaders; discuss your business model; challenge your decisions; focus on your businesses objectives; and think about the possibilities for the future. The judging process provides you with a rare opportunity to reflect on your personal and business achievements. Some of our past judges provide some insight on the programme.

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